State Legislators Look To Secondary Ticket Markets

LITTLE ROCK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A number of state legislatures are hard at work on legislation to attempt to reign in the secondary ticket market in the wake of rampant speculative reselling of tickets to a 2007 Hannah Montana tour in 2007.

Oregon lawmakers are looking at imposing changes including adding a requirement that secondary market ticket sellers would be required to list how many tickets they had for sale.

Arkansas is also hopping on the Hannah Montana express and Senate Bill 966 is looking to address ticket speculators. However, for all their tough talk, the legislation is a bit spartan on details.

The bill stipulates that Tickets of admission to a live entertainment event, theatre, musical performance, or place of public entertainment or amusement of any kind shall not be offered for sale by any person over the Internet until the tickets have first been offered for sale to the public via an event authorized outlet or offering."

It doesn't give any indication as to what the duration of the initial offering must be before tickets can be offered on a secondary market site. Nor does it address fan clubs and similar organizations that offer advanced ticketing, including Live Nation's VIP service.

Both bills are still wending their way through committee at present. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers